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Replacing a Lost CDL in Alabama

Most often, you can apply for a replacement commercial driver's license with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA), which handles driver's license services in the state. Depending on your situation, you can apply in person or by mail.

For your protection, consider reporting your lost CDL to your local and state law enforcement agencies, as well as refraining from operating your commercial vehicle until you receive a replacement.

Applying for a Duplicate CDL in AL

Local Driver License Office

Your local driver license office—through your local probate judge or license commissioner—might be able to issue you a new commercial driver's license as long as it isn't expired. Be prepared for a retest if your CDL is expired.

For more details, contact your driver license office.

Alabama CDL Headquarters

Alabama's CDL Headquarters—or any of the CDL district offices—can provide details about applying for a replacement CDL based on your specific situation (i.e. your commercial driver's license is expired, or you don't have copies of certain required documents).

Contact the CDL Headquarters at (334) 242-3427, or refer to the state's contact list for district offices.

Replacement CDL Application

Additionally, Alabama provides the Application for a Renewal or Duplicate License for Alabama Drivers Temporarily Out of State (Form DL-100).

If you're out of state for military-, school-, or employee-related reasons, you can apply for a duplicate CDL using this form as long as you've provided the ALEA with a picture and signature within the last 4 years. Complete the application, include supporting documents (proof you're out of state and why) and the replacement fee, and mail everything to the address listed on the form.

NOTE: If you're not out of state, don't just assume you can use this form to replace your lost CDL. First contact your driver license office or CDL district office for instructions, and go from there.

Identity & Other CDL Documents

Typically, you must provide a form of acceptable identification to receive a replacement CDL.

For example, the ALEA requires identification such as your birth certificate, and if you're ordering a duplicate CDL using the Application for a Renewal or Duplicate License for Alabama Drivers Temporarily Out of State (Form DL-100), you must provide certain supporting documents for being out of state, such as a military or student picture identification card.

However, depending on your situation, you might also need to provide other CDL-specific documents, such as your medical certification. Talk with the driver license office or CDL district office agent about all required identification and any other documents as they apply to you.

AL Replacement CDL Fees

A replacement Alabama commercial driver license costs $31.25.

If you're using the mail-in application for out-of-state drivers, the form lists acceptable payment methods; otherwise, talk with your driver license office or CDL district office agent about whether you can use cash, personal checks, money orders, or credit cards.

NOTE: If it's time to renew your commercial driver's license, the cost depends on your CDL class (i.e. A, B, C). Refer to Renewing Your CDL in Alabama for a list of fees.

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